Imoinda - A Story of Love and Slavery

By The Mornington Trust on behalf of Lontano

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A little bit of context

We are raising funds to put on three performances of Imoinda - A Story of Slavery and Love. The performances take place at The Warehouse, 13 Theed St., SE1 8ST, London on the 27th of February and the 1st and 2nd of March 2019. Please visit for tickets and further information

The Imoinda libretto was written by Joan Anim-Addo and the music by Odaline de la Martinez.

Imoinda - is an opera that looks at slavery through the eyes of two lovers. Our story begins in 16th Century Africa where Prince Oko and Princess Imoinda meet and fall in love. Because Imoinda has been promised to someone else and the lovers defy the King, they are sent into slavery. They endure the horrors of the slave ship not knowing if the other is also there. They arrive in Cuba where the lovers meet again in a sugar plantation and their love reaches a dramatic conclusion.

But there’s a problem

Slavery exists today throughout the world, it's a modern day phenomenom. In the context of this barbaric practice live two lovers torn away from their homeland and each other by forbidden love.

There is more recognition of modern day slavery and understanding of its historical roots. But today, in many walks of life, descrimination exists against black people. There are many gifted black singers today. Sadly, not enough are heard in opera, particularly in the UK.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

We are eager to help redress these issues. The performance of Imoinda will give these wonderful musicians an opportunity to sing and be seen on stage. It will make a difference to their lives and show them to be role models to younger black singers who will want to have a career. These performances will also raise awareness of the history and modern day relevance of slavery through the telling of this love story.

The 7th London Festival of American Music, taking place in February/March 2019, has invited us to put on three performances of Imoinda

The Festival will provide the performance venue and the publicity. But we need to raise money for the singers and musicians.

£10,000 will go a long way to covering the fees of the singers. Your help and support in this project will make all the difference.

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without

We have perks for all sizes of support. Through your donations you can get free digital music downloads, tickets to the performances, your names on the opera programme. And you can also visit us backstage joining us in a bubbly celebration. What more could you ask?

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Team Members


Joan Anim Addo

Penelope Lloyd